The Wright Center President/CEO Becomes Certified in Obesity Medicine

Dr. Linda Thomas-Hemak, president and CEO of The Wright Centers for Community Health and Graduate Medical Education, recently earned board certification in obesity medicine, better preparing her to help patients manage obesity and its many comorbidities and to lose weight.

Obesity – the nation’s most prevalent chronic disease – is associated with many of the leading causes of preventable, premature death, yet physicians and patients sometimes struggle to directly address the sensitive topic and tailor plans that allow for long-term success.

Thomas-Hemak received the certification from the Colorado-based American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM), which gives physicians the insights and tools to help patients who are struggling with the complex issue of obesity. The condition is linked to a higher risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, sleep apnea, arthritis, certain cancers and many additional comorbidities. Two-thirds of U.S. patients are either overweight or obese, according to ABOM’s website.

Obesity medicine represents Thomas-Hemak’s fourth board certification. She also is board certified in internal, pediatrics and addiction medicine.

Thomas-Hemak teaches and provides comprehensive primary health care, inclusive of addiction and recovery and weight-related services at The Wright Center for Community Health’s Mid Valley Practice in Jermyn, offering treatment to multi-generational families and individuals of all ages.

Under her executive administrative leadership, The Wright Center for Community Health and Graduate Medical Education consistently strive to respond to community health and health care workforce needs. Its health care providers, for example, have been at the forefront of confronting challenges such as the ongoing opioid crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Increasingly, The Wright Center’s health care providers emphasize prevention to improve health outcomes among Northeast Pennsylvania’s residents. In 2020, The Wright Center introduced

both a lifestyle medicine curriculum in its graduate medical education programs and a corresponding lifestyle medicine service line for the benefit of patients.

Lifestyle medicine, one of the fastest growing fields of medicine, encourages individuals to avoid or potentially reverse chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes by focusing on six pillars of health: nutrition, exercise, sleep, stress management, relationships and the avoidance of risky substances. A Wright Center for Community Health dietitian and behavioral health counselors are available to meet individually with patients to develop and empower plans for healthier lifestyles and weight management.

For more information or to schedule an appointment at The Wright Center for Community Health’s Mid Valley Practice, go to or call 570-230-0019.